Dr. Khovacs teaches primarily in the areas of Christian Doctrine, Systematic Theology and Theology & Literature, and oversees teaching in Pastoral Theology. He also directs theological education and directs MA dissertations (Ministerial Theology and Ordained Ministry) in partnership with Church of England dioceses of Rochester, Southwark and Canterbury, as well as the Franciscan Internation Study Centre.
Research expertise includes theology and its intersections with theories of drama and the theatre, as well as film and the cinematic lens as theological analogues of seeing and being seen.
‘Theatre of the poor: the theological turn in Augusto Boal’s performance of powerlessness’, paper presented forTheology & Religious Studies Research Seminar, CCCU, 16 January 2012.
‘Theodrama: Portrait of an Analogy in Search of a Praxis, an Actor in Search of a Stage’, Public Lecture Series, Regent College, University of British Columbia (Dec. 2010)
‘Theology, Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David Brown‘, Short Academic Papers Chair, University of St Andrews (August 2010)
‘Through glass darkly: seeing film in theological perspective’, ITIA Research Seminar, University of St Andrews (May 2010)
‘Trinitarian Aesthetic and the Theatre’, Theology Research Seminar, Theology & Religious Studies, Liverpool Hope University (2009)
‘Taste and see: ‘props’ and dramatic presence in the Eucharist, ITIA Research Colloquium, University of St Andrews (May 2005).
Publications and research outputs
Ivan Khovacs, ‘The intractable sense of an ending: Gethsemane’s prayer on the tragic stage’ (book chapter for proposed Theatrical Theology, Oxford, 2013).
Ivan Khovacs, ‘Prometheus unbound, subversively imitative, and theologically alive’. Transpositions (online), Institute for Theology, Imagination & Arts, (25 June 2012)
Ivan Khovacs, ‘Through a Glass Darkly: Seeing Film Theologically’ for Essays on Theological Aesthetics in Cithara. Oleg Bychkov, ed. (Bonaventure University, November 2011).
Ivan Khovacs, critical essay: Past watchful dragons: fantasy and faith in the world of C.S. Lewis in Journal of Inkings Studies Vol. 1, No. 2, 1 November 2011.
Ivan Khovacs, co-edited with T. Hart, Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature and Theology; Baylor University Press, 2007.
Ivan P Khovacs, ‘A Cautionary Note on the Use of Theatre for Theology’ in Faithful Performances: Enacting Christian Tradition, eds. S. Guthrie and T. Hart, Ashgate, 2007.
Ivan Khovacs, “The Cloud of Witnesses’: A Film Montage of Hebrews 11:29-12:7, 11-13”. Lectionary Homiletics Journal XXII, 3 (August 2007)
Ivan Khovacs, Theological drama and Christian faith’. Lectionary Homiletics XXI, 2 (July. 2006).